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Know Your Rights: Yale’s Reformed Drug Policy

Valerie Pavilonis

We have been preordained to seek out Knowledge on our fated 1 a.m. stroll again from Bass Library.

Because the Gothic spires watched us within the darkness, an untied shoelace led to a quick cease at a close-by bench. The bundle that waited a couple of ft away would change the course of the universe endlessly. At first, it appeared a mere stack of skinny magazines, their brilliant covers seen even within the dim road mild. We felt compelled by a darkish and mysterious pressure past our management to slide a couple of copies into our backpacks. And so the early morning noticed us sitting cross-legged on a twin mattress, palms stained with information ink, studying by way of a publication in contrast to any we had learn earlier than. One thing larger had discovered us. Welcome to our obsession, our Bible, our calling: Knowledge of the Heavens, Earth, Physique, Thoughts and Soul.

In accordance with, Knowledge is the “largest free bi-monthly holistic, spiritual, metaphysical magazine … serving the culturally creative community … in the Northeastern U.S., with total readership estimated at almost 450,000 readers per issue.” The print model lists a subscription value of 18 dollars a yr. What’s a holistic religious metaphysical journal? What do these three adjectives imply all subsequent to one another? What precise class work did we have now to complete this week anyway? We turned to Knowledge to orient our holistic metaphysical energies, study what our pet is considering, and perhaps give high-strung Yalies some a lot wanted inside peace.

As soon as we have been capable of get previous the duvet that attracted us that portentous night time — it options an elf-like woman-turned butterfly who sports activities a gorgeous set of red-orange wings whereas a butterfly rests on her tattooed arm — we discovered pages of categorized advertisements. Some promised “specialized healing,” others marketed “spiritual retreats,” and nonetheless others promoted “past-life readings.” One marketed a glassy pendant that concurrently “protects you from other people’s negative energy” and “helps strengthen the immune system.” One other commercial for a well being clinic specializing in “scientifically based alternative therapies” promised a “healing sanctuary” for sufferers with well being points starting from fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s to most cancers and coronary heart illness.

Turning previous the advertisements on this September/October challenge introduced us to a featured excerpt from the piece “Dancing with Raven and Bear” by Sonja Grace. Ominously titled “Chapter 8: Holding the Darkness at Bay,” it describes a fable-like episode between the characters Bear, The Creator, Earth, the Goddess and Darkness, besides — spoiler alert — Earth, the Goddess and The Creator are the identical individual. First, The Creator provides Bear a drum and directions to “sing his songs when there is darkness he cannot escape.” Positive sufficient, Bear attracts an enormous cumulus cloud of nasty darkness. Bear will get scared, beating his drum and singing his songs, so “The Earth’s energy came up through his feet and Bear suddenly felt grounded and not afraid.” However the Darkness doesn’t go away. Bear forgot to make use of his inside mild with every music! Rookie mistake. As soon as Bear is aware of to emit his inside mild from his chest, “the sound waves mixed with the light waves beaming from his heart,” and the climate clears.

However, allegorical fiction is just a sliver of Knowledge’s numerous writing. The journal is house to homeopathic science articles, write-in supernatural communication columns, self-help and notices about native occasions just like the pagan pageant Samhain on Sunday, Oct. 21, on the Courtyard Marriott Nashua at 2200 Southwood Dr. in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Hope to see you there.)

Knowledge September/October 2018 showcased the excerpt “Tantric Journey: Going Deep, Going Slow, Going Wild,” the eighth chapter in “Tantric Sex & Menopause” by Diana Richardson and Janet McGeever. In line with Knowledge, Richardson wrote the e-book “Tantric Orgasm for Women and Slow Sex.” Since 1993, she has taught weeklong “Making Love Retreats” for couples together with her associate Michael.

The excerpt featured in Knowledge explains that many perimenopausal and menopausal ladies “report feeling such a lack of desire for sex that they feel totally disheartened that they are not living up to the image of what a sexy alive woman should be.” Nevertheless, you’ll be relieved to study that “such views only hold true as long as we see ourselves from the outside in an external way.” Richardson and McGeever aver that “reclaiming your body and becoming ‘embodied’ implies seeing, feeling and experiencing yourself from the inside out.” Fortunately, “the good thing about feeling a lack of desire is that if women participate in stepping over that threshold of whether there is desire there or not, … she will find that she has no trouble eventually feeling aroused and certainly may even orgasm in a way that involves no effort at all. Or move into the expanded ‘orgasmic’ state, which is very different to the event of orgasm, over after a few seconds.”

Every time we flip by way of the journal, we discover one thing we beforehand missed. Restoration from habit, natural schooling, fantasy artwork, therapeutic crystals, therapeutic tarot, therapeutic massage coaching, guide critiques, “Curious about essentials? Of course you are!” skilled angel reader, soul coach, dinosaur store, reflexology, bead retailer, horoscopes, “WHAT YOU SEEK IS SEEKING YOU,” heartbreak therapeutic, “Plants That Speak, Mouths That Sing,” private mythology … The listing, fairly truthfully, by no means ends.


Knowledge’s writer Mary Arsenault says the periodical’s aim is to “educate the general public on the philosophies, products and services of the ‘new age.’” In response to Arsenault, Knowledge’s premise is that “we’re all energetic beings connected to each other and everything energetically.” The journal serves “to provide alternatives to mainstream ways of thinking.” Arsenault thinks Knowledge provides an area to individuals with heterodox philosophies and skills the place their expertise are “perceived as a gift instead of a curse.” It makes an attempt to “normalize the weird.” Type of like Yale.

When requested about how Knowledge generates content material, Arsenault stated the publication has “several columnists who have been writing for us for many years, consistently providing us with high quality articles related to their fields of expertise.” It additionally receives many submissions.

“We look for articles that are timely, well-written by people with the appropriate credentials,” Arsenault stated. This very article shall be submitted to the November/December difficulty.

Who’s Knowledge’s typical reader? Arsenault provides the instance of an individual “who is clairvoyant” and “may have been told by mainstream religious leaders that this ability is ‘evil and from the devil’ and that ‘they shouldn’t indulge in it.’” Nevertheless, Knowledge’s common clairvoyant Joe “doesn’t feel evil, maybe has no control over receiving this kind of information,” and depends on areas like Knowledge to really feel at house.


“It’s a wonderful thing that Wisdom provides the opportunity for people like me to bring forth ancient teachings and wisdom in written form and also provides an opportunity for people to get close to Nature,” says Cie Simurro, also referred to as Thunderbird Starwoman, a contributor to the journal. “The magazine provides a forum for ideas and practices that might not otherwise be available.”

Thunderbird Starwoman is a healer, minister, advocate and steward for the pure world. Boasting expertise in writing, drugs, human connection to nature, a “Ceremony for Turning Points of your Life” and a pre-prepared “Dress to Express Your Essence” presentation, Thunderbird Starwoman believes in and focuses on self-healing, and what Thunderbird Starwoman calls “eating one’s own Medicine.”

“This leads one to the modalities that one will use in one’s practice,” Thunderbird Starwoman defined. “I’ve been doing both writing and healing work for 45 years. I began by holding a ‘Search For God’ group based on the Edgar Cayce readings at my home for 11 years. … Eventually, my love for the Earth led me to indigenous teachings that resonated with my deepest values.” Thunderbird Starwoman additionally speaks about learning historic civilizations like Egypt and Lemuria.

In further to philosophies about drugs, Thunderbird Starwoman preaches her understanding of nature by means of Knowledge: “We are in a grand partnership with Nature. Everything is an extension of Source Energy. Everything is Alive. Everything has Consciousness and Intelligence. All of Life is One Family. Therefore, Let us have Reverence for All Life.”

In a life dedicated to the therapeutic arts, reference to nature and historic common knowledge, how might one ever pinpoint probably the most rewarding reminiscence or second? Thunderbird Starwoman, although, can keep in mind the precise one. Thunderbird Starwoman recounts a narrative of a blue heron:

“While I was caretaking an estate with a swamp area in the back, I got to save a Great Blue Heron’s life. Both my dog Thunder and I flushed out the heron from the reeds, but it remained in the shallow waters of the adjacent pond. Looking hard at it, I saw that it had a blue plastic ring from one of those stacking rings toys that children play with, around the top of its beak. I knew it wouldn’t be able to open the beak or eat, so after getting the heron used to my presence, I walked into the water and slowly wrapped my arms around what appeared to be a 2-year-old heron. After a moment, the heron let me jimmy off the plastic ring. I quickly removed myself from its presence so it wouldn’t be traumatized, but it didn’t fly or move away. I sat on the shoreline while we communed for a while before I left the pond area. Always, after that, the heron I named Blu always let Thunder and I be nearby when it was fishing for food.”

Revealed on this problem of Knowledge is the primary a part of Thunderbird Starwoman’s story, “Totems.” The story is an ode to fulfilment in life. After praising the facility of music, Thunderbird Starwoman considers the everlasting query of who would be the “choirmaster” for the “songfest.” She concludes, “Why Mockingbird, of course.”

Being a columnist in Knowledge for 15 years has taught Thunderbird Starwoman the artwork of storytelling rooted in nature, therapeutic and historic knowledge. We anxiously await the second a part of Thunderbird Starwoman’s story within the November/December difficulty.


Animal Communicator Jennifer Dickman might have served as mediator in Thunderbird Starwoman’s heron encounter. Dickman is a specialist in Pet Reiki, which suggests she is a psychic and healer for animals, (although, in fact, this description leaves out a few of the nuance). Like Thunderbird Starwoman, she is a Knowledge common, having been a columnist since January 2009. Dickman says probably the most gratifying factor about being an animal communicator is “helping animals communicate things they’ve been trying to express with no success” and aiding “vets who are stumped.” She generously took on the task to speak with our canine, Dutch, or Dutchy to his pals.

We needed perception into Dutchy’s thunderstorm nervousness, in addition to to know if he missed us once we are away at college. With only a image of the poodle for reference, Dickman relayed, “Dutch is saying that what’s most important in keeping him calm is the energy of the people with him. He needs everyone around him to send calm and love, not anticipate him being nervous or reacting to thunder, etc.”

So far as their long-distance relationship, Dickman communicated to us that “Dutch is always connected to you,” that “while he misses you, he doesn’t feel the distance the way you do” and that our relationship is “okay from his perspective.” Dickman inspired us to “picture him until you feel a connection, like you’re hugging him, and send him love, picture anything you want to tell him.” She bets “after a few attempts you’ll be able to feel the love coming back to you” and that “with more practice, you might get impressions, too.” We can’t wait.

Then Dickman stated, “You just really need to open your mind and turn off the skeptical, disbelieving part of your brain and just let whatever happens come to you.” We expect we should always get this recommendation printed on an inspirational poster or else have it tattooed someplace. Perhaps on our necks.

However, we’d like extra than simply canine companionship. Buried between medium hotlines and homeopathic drugs workshops, a holistic religious metaphysical courting web site was the factor we by no means realized we desperately wanted. Launched in 2000, is “the best dating site for spiritual, conscious and mindful singles.” It has “facilitated conscious connections and marriages for thousands of spiritual, open-minded singles.” The location encourages “conscious” matchmaking with profile fields like Eco-Consciousness, Spirituality, Ethics, Solar Signal, Rising Signal and Chinese language Signal. Take, for instance, “SevaTheEnlightened” from Hebron, Connecticut. He has a “muscular/athletic” physique sort and follows a “personal spiritual path.” Who knew Connecticut was the epicenter of this religious relationship-building earthquake? We certainly didn’t.

We spent plenty of time crafting our profile: “Was Jainist for a few years but back to agnostic. Just looking for someone thoughtful and sweet. Where I’m at school now the guys kind of suck.” Sadly, a lot to our chagrin and confusion, rejected each of our profile photographs after which axed our account. If anybody runs throughout consumer “ReadyToMingle,” please e-mail [email protected] and tell us. All we have been on the lookout for from their drop-down menu was a good friend. That, or a celibate marriage.

We fell into this mystical destiny because the heavenly our bodies revolved of their ellipses. We should always have recognized a Taurus and an Aries exploring a smoggy September night underneath the meek wink of a waning gibbous invited a quest that might change our destiny. The Creator left us our personal Drums masked in earthly “periodical” garb. This text is our Blu Heron, our mild and our sound, coming from our chest with the waves mixing. Proper now. Be enlightened, okay?

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